Francesco Farioli won’t revise objectives despite Nice’s exceptional start to the season

OGC Nice beat Toulouse FC on Sunday, and in doing so broke a record, becoming the first Ligue 1 team not to trail at any point in the opening 13 games of the league season. The club are just one point behind league leaders Paris Saint-Germain, have the best defence in Europe, have not conceded since 15th September, and are the only unbeaten side in Europe’s top five leagues this season. However, Francesco Farioli isn’t getting carried away. 

Prior to the start of the season, Nice set themselves the objective of competing in European competition next season, having missed out entirely on European football this year. The club’s current form has not altered those objectives. 

I don’t think we have to revisit our objectives. We began the season with an idea and nothing is everything linear in football, there are highs and lows. Winning games in Ligue 1 is not easy. We have had a great journey until now but we don’t need to reconsider the objectives. We have to give everything match after match to get as much as possible, and we can’t allow ourselves to look beyond Saturday (match versus FC Nantes). That is our strength – we take it one match at a time,” said Farioli in a press conference, attended by Get French Football News. 

However, whilst Farioli won’t be drawn on officially changing the objectives set by the club before the season, there is no question of letting any standards drop. “There is no risk of that. We are honoured; it is a privilege to be where we are in the table. That only raises our expectations, which are always very high. We can’t give an inch and we must even improve our routine, be more specific in the details and take as many points before we have a drop-off, which would only be natural,” added the Italian, who is unbeaten since taking over at Nice in the summer.

GFFN | Luke Entwistle

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